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Series MS-2056 - Diaries, letters and notes

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Diaries, letters and notes

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MS-2056

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  • 1854-1914 (Creation)
    Creator
    Bissett, James, 1831-1900

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Microfilm (pos.), 16 mm [A01400]

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Bissett, James, 1831-1900

Biographical history

James Bissett was a Hudson's Bay Company Chief Trader and Chief Factor.

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Diaries (1854-1883), covering travels from Lachine to Red River (1854-1855), Lachine to Honolulu (1859), the voyage to Victoria (1860), travel in British Columbia (1864, 1867, 1868, 1870), journeys to Europe (1865 and 1880), travel from Montreal, where he was Chief Factor (1872, 1875, 1877, 1879), and a journey to Japan and China (1882-1883). The British Columbia diaries cover travel on the North West Coast (1870) to the Kootenays via the Dewdney Trail (1868) and to French Creek, McCullough Creek, Kamloops, Clearwater River, etc. (1867), and life in Victoria (1864). Letters and notes, including one letter written by his son Edwin to his mother, 7 June 1914, Winnipeg, describing his visit to Victoria and Vancouver.

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Acquired from the Public Archives of Canada, which holds the originals (MG19 A 49), 1984.

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Accession number(s): 84-091

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  • Box: A01400